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Today I came across an excellent article by Beth Buczynski, posted earlier today, over on Care2 Healthy & Green Living entitled Are Electric Cars Really Better For The Environment? | Care2 … that I strongly encourage all of you to read. Here are some little extracts in order to pique your interest!

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/are-electric-cars-really-better-for-the-environment.html Are Electric Cars Really Better For The Environment? < 1 of 4 > Note: This is the second in a weekly series of Care2 posts about alternative fuels and vehicles in honor of Earth Day. Be sure to check out first post, Top 5 All-Electric Vehicles of 2011. Last week, I posted an article about the differences between gas-powered, hybrid, and electric cars, and the top up and coming all-electric vehicle models you should keep an eye on this year.

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There were lots of great comments on the article, but a few readers posed an important question: If they’re powered by electricity produced by coal-fired or nuclear power plants, are electric cars really better for the environment? On the following pages, I try to answer this complex question by comparing the energy demands and carbon footprints of both electric and gas-powered cars, and clarify the zero-emissions claims of many electric car makers. Enjoy…and keep the great questions coming! >>Up Next: What’s Really Powering That Electric Car? < 1 of 4 > More on Conscious Consumer (592 articles available)More from Beth Buczynski (55 articles available) add a comment Add to Favorites Tell a Friend Share Print Digg Reddit Care2 StumbleUpon more Select a service: StumbleUponRedditDiggBuzz UpFacebookTwitterMySpaceMixxDel.icio.usGoogle BookmarksFavoritesCare2 sender info: recipient info: recipient’s address(es): Separate multiple e-mail addresses by a comma. You can send up to 100 recipients.

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Now, reading this started me thinking so I searched for some more articles on the subject and found some more goodposts! For example, Why data thieves covet permission-marketing e-mail addresses | The … posted yesterday, by bacohido, on The Last Watchdog:

3 million e-mail addresses from Gawker Media and an undisclosed number of e-mail addresses from McDonalds, as reported by The Register’s Dan Goodin. All companies that comply with the federal Can-Spam Act of 2003 communicate via e-mail with consumers only after gaining the individual customer’s permission. So a cottage industry of online marketing firms has arisen to support permission marketing campaigns. This involves the company asking the individual consumer for express permission to send e-mails with account updates and/or promotions.

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I do expect phishing, spear phishing, and targeted email attacks to be on the rise over the next several weeks. Given that an individual does not generally change their email address very often, many of those email addresses will have a very long shelf-life for use in the years to come. Rony Moshkovich, Senior Manager Development, PC Tools Moshkovich Of course, these are low hanging fruits, since users are normally using their First.Last names in emails. That means that the underground\hackers have potentially valid names, with valid emails and with a little bit of additional effort or no effort they can easily find other details like home address, date of birth, etc and can start using ID fraud techniques for stealing money out of the victims accounts, making online purchases, etc…the potential damage to such users and to the businesses who would be exploited in ID theft is really scary mainly due to the high number of emails that have been stolen, we are talking here on millions on millions of valid emails… Consider that someone is using his corporate email address to register to the domains that were breached in epsilon case. With that information the hacker can continue to exploit further into other organizations by utilizing different social engineering techniques…so the chain reaction to such breach could be really enormous. Josh Shaul, Chief Technology Officer, Application Security Shaul Hackers have demonstrated that the email marketing industry is a soft target.

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It’s a reflection of their company if that information is compromised and they need to require these third party providers to prove it is protected.  It’s not just the third party that gets raked over the coals in the media; it’s also the companies outsourcing their data. It’s time to think like the criminals do, and build our next generation of protections around what the bad guys want most – databases. Chris Day, Chief Security Architect, Terremark Definitely will increase. Why? Because it works and yields huge profits relative to the nearly non-existent risk. By Byron Acohido Web marketing and cybersecurity experts say there are several ways cybercriminals can use the stolen e-mail addresses to widen spam campaigns and amplify phishing scams.

Yet another fantastic post on the subject came from privacy on Privacy Lives posted earlier today and entitled USA Today: Data thieves target e-mail addresses which is also definitely worth a read.

USA Today reports on the issue of e-mail “phishing” crime — stealing individuals’ legitimate e-mail addresses to use in scams. In the past four months, caches of customer e-mail addresses, not banking and credit card information, have become the key target of data thieves. The goal: Use the legitimate e-mail addresses and the specific companies their owners have business relationships with to get people to buy worthless goods or to infect their PCs. The recent theft of potentially tens of millions of consumer e-mail addresses from online marketing firm Epsilon followed a spate of similar hacks in December, USA TODAY research shows. Web marketing and cybersecurity experts say there are several ways cybercriminals can make profitable use of the stolen e-mail addresses. Just like legit advertisers, criminals can correlate a person’s demographics and shopping patterns “and use that to their advantage,” says Thomas Jelneck, president of Internet marketing firm On Target Web Solutions. The Better Business Bureau, for instance, has issued a warning about a fake Chase Bank e-mail stemming from the undisclosed number of e-mail addresses that hackers stole from Epsilon.

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Some 50 Epsilon clients were affected, ranging from Chase Bank and Verizon to Hilton and Target. [...] In late December, Honda reported a hacker stole e-mail addresses to 2.2 million Honda owners and 2.7 million Acura owners. Also in December, data thieves stole 13 million e-mail addresses from the artists website DeviantArt, 1.3 million e-mail addresses from Gawker Media and an undisclosed number from McDonald’s. By correlating names and e-mail addresses with information about where a person banks and shops, criminals can more effectively bypass spam and anti-virus filters and fine-tune phishing attacks — spoofed messages designed to trick you into clicking on a viral attachment or poisoned Web link. The intruder then takes full control of the victim’s PC.

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